Category Archives: music

Classical music in motion

Everyone has a reason for getting into a series, even if it can’t be articulated. For me, with respect to Nodame Cantabile, it was association. The conversation, if translated from the firings of neurons, probably went like this: “Dude, it’s a series about music. You’re a band nerd, this is right up your alley.” “I […]

Misleading mix

Wikipedia gets it right and Sano(suke) elaborates: Eternally -Drama Mix- is more session/cut than mix. I concede that using “mix” or “remix” is tantamount to giving any track a new lease on life, but there’s got to be some room for creativity here. I mean, we got Final Distance out of Distance. There’s some circumstantial […]

A 9uality act

It’s been over a week a while since THYME’s debut album first 9uality, and chances are pretty good that if you liked Fly Away, you’ll like at least 9 of the 12 tracks on the disc. That’s not because most of the songs sound just like Fly Away, but I think that you’ll find a […]

[Meh-ta] The teardown will not be syndicated (but it should)

Speaking of things that go kaboom, Hikki Station closed and I didn’t even know until now. So dependent have I become on feeds as event triggers that visiting a site on a whim has become a Rare Event. Two points here. The first is that perhaps my reading habits are different from most, having been […]

The means to archive

Given the volume of submissions to Jpopsuki, it was nice having an RSS feed to quickly scan the submissions for artists of interest. Unfortunately, that RSS feed has since gone kaboom and there’s no ETA on a fix, so I could have missed out on a bit of excitement. Three Utada Hikaru live performances were […]

Who is thyme?

(Link dump ensues) This isn’t the same question as “Who is THYME?” (English) Wikipedia seems to have a decent idea of the band, but nary a word on the group’s lead vocalist. This isn’t unusual, and indeed isn’t even a big deal, but then again most other artists don’t use a lower-cased English word for […]

Taking off on a key change

Natsu no Sora‘s full OP has one kicker of an outro. I’m such a sucker for strong harmonic progression.

Everybody feels the same

Reading this lengthy 2007 MUSICA interview, was a lot like re-watching Introducing Utada, which I went back and re-watched anyway. Juxtaposed against clips and images of her commercial success, she speaks with a vacancy that matches her listless appearance. I suppose you could read the signs to arrive at the same conclusion, being as transparent […]

Tuned cardiac resonators

You may want to skip the preamble, which is mostly anecdotal. The review preamble So this is a Heart Station review, and a late one at that. It was something that I’d get around to eventually, but this is a pretty tardy kind of eventually for which I have no good reason. The kicker was […]

A call to rock on 8 years too late

Maybe 8 years is nothing in the grand scheme of things, but I feel so old regardless. Why 8 years? Whoo! That’s why. Contrary to unpopular belief, my Hikki-tardation has limits, and one of those lines in the sand was Bohemian Summer 2000. It was something that I actually kind of avoided, and the ridiculous […]